SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Broadalbin-Perth girls cross-country team placed second Monday at the Foothills Council Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park.
Queensbury won the team title with a total of 18 points, while B-P was second with 55 points. South Glens Falls (81 points) was third, Gloversville (122) was fourth, Scotia-Glenville (129) was fifth and Glens Falls (149) was sixth. Johnstown fielded an incomplete team.
"Last year the Foothills Championship was a big disappointment for our girls as we performed poorly [fifth] and never really bounced back from that. Thus, I saw today's meet as one for redemption and that is what we did," Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. "Although we would have liked to win today's meet, we finished where, on paper, we should have - second. The Queensbury girls have a tremendous program and are always among the best in the state. Losing to a class A team like Queensbury is something I can accept. I will not accept losing to teams we are stronger than, and today I didn't have to."
In the boys meet, Scotia-Glenville won the team title with 32 points, while Queensbury was second with 55 points. Glens Falls (83 points) was third, South Glens Falls (102) was fourth, Gloversville (124) was fifth, Broadalbin-Perth (148) was sixth and Johnstown (158) was seventh.
In the girls race, Queensbury claimed six of the top seven spots on its way to the team title. Megan Kellogg won the individual title for the Spartans, finishing the 3.05-mile course in a time of 17:57.40. Emily Guinther (18:09.16) was second for Queensbury, while the Spartans' Sherri Metcalfe (18:42.23), Danielle Soprano (19:03.06), Rachael Guinther (19:29.03) and Jennifer Messina (19:33.78) were fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively.
South Glens Falls' Sara Billings was the only non-Queensbury runner in the top seven, placing third with a time of 18:37.84.
Coreena Monroe led Broadalbin-Perth, placing 10th with a time of 20:08.86. Jordyn DeNeuville (20:17.83), Victoria Opalka (20:27.54), Mackenzie DeZolt (20:30.29) and Sarah Naple (20:49.38) were 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th, respectively, for the Lady Patriots. Other B-P finishers included Alex Opalka (21st, 21:47.92) and Cadey Nolan (27th, 22:16.10).
"We are headed in the right direction and our ultimate goal is becoming more clear," Richards said. "The pack running is great, but if we want to get back to states we will have to be a little bit better than we were today and, more importantly, we have to believe without a doubt that we can win."
Gloversville was led by Cassandra Ryan, who placed 18th with a time of 21:24.60. Sarah Ambrosino (21:53.27) was 24th for the Huskies, while Tierney VanDeusen (22:27.97) was 28th. Other Gloversville finishers included Emily Ambrosino (30th, 22:52.91), Katie Senzio (33rd, 23:08.48) and Haley Schuyler (38th, 23:34.67).
Skylar Swatt was Johnstown's top finisher, placing 37th with a time of 23:29.16. Bridget Spagnuola (29:55.79) was 44th for the Lady Bills, Lyndsey Fiore (30:03.16) was 45th and Tatyana Rosario (31:09.19) was 46th.
In the boys race, Queensbury's Zane Belden claimed the individual title, covering the 3.05-mile course in a time of 16:16.74. Glens Falls' Noah Duell (16:25.35) was second, Scotia-Glenville's Ryun Murphy (16:27.92) was third, Broadalbin-Perth's Greg Bogdan (16:29.85) was fourth and Scotia-Glenville's Daken Broadhead (16:41.06) was fifth.
Phil Meher was Gloversville's top finisher, placing 14th with a time of 17:26.81, while Jack Hayes (17:35.55) was 16th. Other Gloversville finishers included Hunter Marshall (23rd, 17:58.88), Justin Unislawski (35th, 18:37.33 and Tyler Unislawski (41st, 21:17.34),
Alex Hitrick (17:51.87) was 22nd for Broadalbin-Perth, while Jacob Mosher (19:54.97) was 39th. Other B-P finishers included Connor Mauche (44th 22:17.79), Brandon Frye (45th, 23:28.88) and Tim Zukas (46th, 27:06.23).
"On the boys side, we took a small step forward as we were able to beat some teams that beat us earlier in the year. We also had many individual improvements from a week ago on the same course," Richards said. "However, like the girls, we will still have to be faster if we want to get any to states. The good news is that we have almost two weeks to get prepared. I think we will be ready on Nov. 1 and am confident our ultimate goal can, and will, be reached."
Samuel Brunetto paced Johnstown, placing 27th with a time of 18:05.40. Daeshan Buseck (18:14.77) was 30th for the Sir Bills, while Aaron Alvarez (18:19.82) was 31st. Other Johnstown finishers included Cameron Roten (33rd, 18:24.62) and Devlin Bahruth (42nd, 21:46.29).